Concern greets proposal to relocate public carpark

Relocating the carpark would mean problems with traffic noise and anti-social behaviour, some residents feel.       d440160
Relocating the carpark would mean problems with traffic noise and anti-social behaviour, some residents feel.       d440160

Joondalup councillors voted last week to refer back the draft Burns Beach masterplan and indicative coastal node concept design for more work, particularly regarding the relocation of a 110-bay carpark.

In August 2007, the council requested a report on the masterplan project, which includes the establishment of a surf club, the redevelopment of Jack Kikeros Hall, a restaurant or cafe, parking, groyne refurbishment, enhancement of Burns Beach foreshore park, a swimming beach and a snorkelling trail.

The plan was developed following a review of previous documents and studies on the area and feedback from key stakeholders to guide the management and development of Burns Beach and the foreshore.

It also recommended future actions in response to issues raised by stakeholders, including access and connectivity, public open space, community and commercial facilities, traffic and transport, parking, Tamala Conservation Park and swimming and surfing.

City officers recommended the draft plan be endorsed for the purpose of community consultation.

They also noted final approval was not being sought and there was no funding for development in the City�s five-year capital works program or 20-year strategic financial plan.

�In future, if and when funding becomes available… the project would need to be delivered in a number of stages and over multiple financial years,� a council document said.

�A preliminary estimate of the probable cost of implementing the indicative coastal node concept design is in the region of $5.33 million.

�The proposed development components offer a unique coastal tourist attraction to the City of Joondalup and could add value to the City as a destination for weekend dining and recreation.�

As part of the concept design, the carpark next to the coast is proposed to be relocated to provide more recreational space, barbecue facilities and shelters.

It will also help with parking needs of the proposed restaurant or cafe at the Jack Kikeros Hall site.

However, at the June 9 briefing, a resident objected to the relocation of the carpark because his property backs onto the park where the carpark is proposed.

His concerns included noise from vehicles, beachgoers and backpackers that camp in the current carpark, bright lighting and anti-social behaviour.

�All of this we currently live with but at a manageable 150m distance,� he said.

�To relocate the existing parking area, we feel would create an intolerable and unnecessary situation.�

Planning and community development director Dale Page said the current carpark was �taking up valuable foreshore land that could be used for recreation� and relocating it would �create foreshore amenity�.

Residents also expressed concerns about losing a portion of the park to accommodate the carpark.

Mayor Troy Pickard said it was important to seek public comment on the masterplan and hear from �residents of Burns Beach and surrounding areas�.

However, Cr Russ Fishwick moved a motion to refer the plan back to the chief executive for more work.

It was passed six votes to four, with Crs Tom McLean, Geoff Amphlett, Mike Norman and Mr Pickard voting against.

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